|Project by JDNC||posted 10-15-2013 09:05 PM||1184 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
I was looking for something to sell at the fall craft bazaar that our church is hosting in November. I came up with the idea to use 6×6 ceramic tiles that sell for under a dollar at Lowe’s or Home Depot together with some scrap wood from the shop to make hot dish trivets. I picked out a variety of in-stock 6×6 tiles that had the right colors and textures to blend with the Walnut, Maple, and Cherry scraps that I had in the shop. Then I went to work…
Using tile adhesive, I glued each tile to a matching sized 1/2 plywood backer board. Then I made 1” x 3/4” moldings from the wood scraps I had. I used a trim bit to carve a V along the edge of the molding, and then used a chamfer bit to bevel the top edge of the molding. Next I mitered the molding to fit around the tile/plywood combination. Each tile had to be custom cut, as the tiles were not of uniform size. I glued the molding to the plywood base, and held them in place with 1” brads from the underside, until the glue dried.
To finish the wood, I applied two coats of shellac to which I had added a few drops (about 4 drops / oz of shellac) of TransTint Dark Vintage Maple dye – sanding lightly after each coat dried. The final protection was 4 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal topcoat. I applied plastic self-adhesive feet at each corner to raise the wood up off the counter surface.
I’m hoping that these will be popular – I’m believe that I have about $3 of material in each one, and am thinking that a price point of $12 would be good to move them well. I will let you all know how it comes out.